Buying local will soon be easier than ever, with a new social media platform launched in the Western Downs to back local businesses and stimulate the economy. 

Western Downs Regional Council has awarded Chinchilla Community Commerce and Industry Inc. funding under its $50 million COVID-19 Recovery Package to establish a ‘one-stop-shop’ for residents to access local goods and services, with the first component being a Facebook page and group.  

Western Downs Regional Council Mayor Paul McVeigh said the project was about boosting local businesses by creating a centralised place for residents and businesses to source local goods and services. “It’s never been more important to back our local businesses and shop locally as we continue to deal with the challenges created by the pandemic,” Cr McVeigh said. 

“Our Recovery Package is designed to do just that – stimulate the economy and create strong outcomes for our region’s future, and that is why we included a buy local platform as part of this package. Earlier this year Council requested expressions of interests from the local Chambers of Commerce to develop and manage a buy local platform, with Chinchilla Community Commerce and Industry Inc. subsequently selected to deliver this project for the community.”

Chinchilla Community Commerce and Industry Inc. Manager Robyn Haig said the Facebook community was the first step in the project, with a comprehensive online platform to follow. “This project is about linking the community with the various local businesses across the Western Downs which offer amazing goods and services and keep locals employed,” Mrs. Haig said. 

“Local businesses are working so hard to continue to provide services to their customers during these difficult times with many increasing their online presence and introducing new services, but there are still some ‘hidden gems’ we want to help link with the community.”  

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